July 16, 2008

How can anyone say there is no media bias?

Barack Obama is planning his trip to Iraq, and low and behold, all of the major news outlets will send their star reporters along with him to cover his trip. According to the International Herald Tribune:

Senator John McCain's trip to Iraq last spring was a low-key affair: With his ordinary retinue of reporters following him abroad, the NBC News anchor Brian Williams reported on his arrival in Baghdad from New York, with just two sentences tacked onto the "in other political news" portion of his newscast.

But when Obama heads for Iraq and other locations overseas this summer, Williams is planning to catch up with him in person, as are the other two evening news anchors, Charles Gibson of ABC and Katie Couric of CBS, who, like Williams, are far along in discussions to interview Obama on successive nights.

They're trying to play it off like their biased coverage is due to Obama's "newness". Excuse me, but have we not been getting non-stop coverage of this guy since his appearance on Oprah a few years ago and his speech at the 2004 Democratic convention? If someone buys a new pair of underpants and wears them every day for three years, are they still "new"?

That these news execs say with a straight face that they devote the same amount of time to candidates from each side is utterly ridiculous. Obama will be the recipient of free campaign commercials. If he makes any major gaffes while in Iraq (which is very likely) do you think the MSM will fill us in?

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